Jagmohan Malhotra, who has served because the tourism minister of India from 2001-2004, handed away after a short sickness on the age of 94, on Monday.
Condoling his loss of life Ashwani Lohani, who was then the ITDC Chairman and Managing director, writes in social media, “Jagmohan, former tourism minister of India passed away today. Having worked under him in the ministry of tourism, I know what a great man he had been.
Solid integrity, extremely hard worker, someone who bats on the front foot and shoulders full responsibility, humble to the core, soft yet firm, a visionary and a person who made a notable difference wherever he worked. In fact, till I met him I could never have imagined that there can be ministers who are so simple and so humble and literally in love with the nation.
He loved writing and was always seen researching or writing in the IIC library. In fact, the extreme corner chair in the library invariably was his chair that had his jacket flung over when he was in the lounge.”
Talking about his private rapport with the previous minister, Lohani mentions, “I left no opportunity ever to touch his feet and seek his blessings and today therefore is a very sad day for me. A great man has passed away.
A great man who was a great leader and contributed immensely to the nation has passed away. Greatness personified he was. And I am sad for I would never be able to touch his feet and seek his blessings again.”
The former bureaucrat had additionally served two phrases as Jammu and Kashmir Governor – from 1984 to 89, after which from January to May 1990. He had additionally been the recipient of Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.